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Augustine was born in AD 354 in a city in Africa His father was not a Christian when Augustine was a child but later became a Christine like his mother Monica Monica prayed for a long time about her husbands conversion from pagan to Christianity Augustine had many gifts and talents and soon enough his parents realized this and sent him to get the best education possible When he was seventeen years old he had a child and named him Adeodatus He was being taught to write and speak elegantly and not to focus on truth But later leaned that truth must be sought out and that elegance was irrelevant At that time Manicheism was spreading fast through the Mediterranean Manicheism often made fun of the Bible and its teachings Augustine believed in Manicheism because it questioned the fact that there is only one God They believed that if God was the only divine being than Satan would not be a divine creature and evil isnt really real Then when Augustine moved to Milan he became a Neoplatonist This belief is philosophy mixed with religious overtones While Augustine was in Milan his mother insisted that he heard the sermons of Ambrose He agreed and realized that the Bible wasnt so crude and violent that he originally thought He eventually accepted the teachings of the Bible and prayed to God that he would take away his pleasures but not right away He wanted to convert to a true Christian but he didnt want to do it right away because he still enjoyed doing all the things he was used to doing Finally he converted and got baptized along with his son He also quit teaching so he could give all of his time to God Soon after his mother died and inherited everything she had and he gave some to the poor and kept the rest to move and settle at Cassiciacum It wasnt long
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